Essays

Canada’s New Syrians and the Complex Search for “Home”

This article was originally published by Between Borders. -- “Yeah, come, I’m at home.” I could hear Anas chuckle on the other end of the line. He corrected himself. “Well, I’m in the tent. You know what I mean.” It was, at first, hard to distinguish Anas’s tent from the rest of the oranged, wind-whipped … Continue reading Canada’s New Syrians and the Complex Search for “Home”

The Waiting Room: Accompanying Refugees in Spaces of “New and Dangerous Ideas”

"From various conflict zones, and climate displacement zones, refugees have clearly expressed that they’re done waiting. In this part of the world, and for many in Europe, their decision—their agentic, desperate decision to wait a little less harshly, elsewhere—has set off a domino effect of polarization and fear-mongering like we’ve never seen. And we make them wait more. We cling to control by inventing new reasons to wait."

If I could speak into the ears of American power

In light of the recent escalation of Syria talk, war talk, and war violence, I can't help but cry out from the middle of the places that men in far away desks ceaselessly write about and talk about. If I could speak into the ears of American power... 3 September, 2013 Amman, Jordan Sir: Last … Continue reading If I could speak into the ears of American power

The Hostess with the Mostest: Refugees and Host Communities in Jordan

For Khalid, the beaches of Tartus are unrivaled. “The sand is white, no rocks to trip on, no urchins to sting you.” He told me this as he brushed off the pebbles that had stuck to his feet. “I don’t like it here.” Khalid, 16 years old, fled his native city of Homs just over … Continue reading The Hostess with the Mostest: Refugees and Host Communities in Jordan

Less Room in Homeroom

So many backpacks bobbed by my building this morning. It is a sight I haven't seen since my first weeks here. Despite the noise and tremors to the North in Syria, to the West in Palestine, to the South in Egypt,  for Jordan's children, school is still school. It's still drudgery. It's still that unwelcome … Continue reading Less Room in Homeroom